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Ex-CRPF man in Agra commits suicide, family blames demonetisation

“On Saturday morning, we heard a gunshot from the room on the ground floor and found my father in a pool of blood,” Yadav’s son Bhuvan said.

india Updated: Dec 12, 2016 14:59 IST
Hemendra Chaturvedi
A CRPF jawan committed suicide allegedly because he couldn’t take out cash from the bank for treatment.
A CRPF jawan committed suicide allegedly because he couldn’t take out cash from the bank for treatment.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

The family of a 54-year-old former CRPF soldier, who shot himself with his licensed arm on Saturday, has alleged that he killed himself because he could not withdraw money for his treatment due to the Centre’s demonetisation drive.

Rakesh Chand Yadav, who was suffering from depression, shot himself in the head with a licensed arm on Saturday morning. His family said that Yadav, a father of four, was worried after returning without cash from a bank in their village, Budhana.

“On Saturday morning, we heard a gunshot from the room on the ground floor and found my father in a pool of blood,” Yadav’s son Bhuvan said.

“My father suffered from depression and was looking for money to avail better treatment. However, the non-availability of cash broke him down and it appears that he took extreme step due to this,” the 22-year-old, who works as a bouncer, alleged.

Yadav’s suicide will give opposition parties reason to attack the government over its demonetisation drive, which they say has been badly implemented. The government has faced stinging criticism from the opposition which has linked the death of more than 80 people to the demonetisation.

The opposition parties have joined hands to protest the move and the winter session of Parliament has seen several disruptions over the issue.

“My father had fought terrorists in 1990 while posted for the CRPF at Baramulla sector in Kashmir. He was shot five times and survived but later resigned and was staying at home,” Bhuvan said.

Police were informed by family members and his body was sent for a post-mortem.